Violinist Sarah Chang is recognized the world over as one of classical music's most captivating and gifted artists. Appearing in the music capitals of Asia, Europe and the Americas, she has collaborated with most major orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Boston Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the principal London orchestras and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam.
Among the esteemed conductors with whom she has worked are Daniel Barenboim, Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Bernard Haitink, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Andr Previn, Sir Simon Rattle, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas and David Zinman. Notable recital engagements have included her Carnegie Hall debut and performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Symphony Hall in Boston, the Barbican Centre in London, the Philharmonie in Berlin as well as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. She has reached an even wider audience through her many television appearances, concert broadcasts and best-selling recordings for EMI Classics. The remarkable accomplishments of her career were recognized in 1999 when she received the Avery Fisher Prize, one of the most prestigious awards given to instrumentalists.
As a chamber musician, Ms. Chang has collaborated with such artists as Pinchas Zukerman, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yefim Bronfman, Martha Argerich, Leif Ove Andsnes, Stephen Kovacevich, Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell, Lars Vogt and the
late Isaac Stern.
Ms. Chang's 2003-04 season in North America featured appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the National Symphony, and a tour with Orpheus that ends at Carnegie Hall. Abroad, she toured Europe with the London Symphony and Sir Colin Davis (in addition to appearances at the Barbican), and tour the Far East with the English Chamber Orchestra. She also performed in Berlin, Dresden, St. Petersburg and Vienna.
During the 2004-05 season Ms. Chang will perform with the orchestras of Cincinnati, Dallas, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Toronto, as well as with the National Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, among others. Her activities abroad include appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Dresden Staatskapelle and the Royal Philharmonic, plus a European tour with the English Chamber Orchestra, and a chamber music tour of Europe with members of the Berlin Philharmonic. Other notable engagements will include performances in Brazil, Hong Kong, South Korea and Israel.
Sarah Chang records exclusively for EMI Classics. Among her recent releases are "Fire and Ice," an album of popular shorter works for violin and orchestra, with Placido Domingo conducting the Berlin Philharmonic, and a disc of chamber music for strings (Dvor k's Sextet and Tchaikovsky's "Souvenir de Florence") with current and former members of the Berlin Philharmonic. Her most recent release (May 2003) is the Dvor k Violin Concerto with the London Symphony and Sir Colin Davis, along with the Dvor k Piano Quintet (with Leif Ove Andsnes, Alex Kerr, Georg Faust and Wolfram Christ). In the spring of 2004 she released a French Sonata album with pianist Lars Vogt (Ravel, Saint-Sa ns and Franck sonatas). Her collaborative effort with cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, Phantasia, will be released in July 2005. Phantasia will feature works from both The Woman In White (soon to be on Broadway) and The Phantom of the Opera.
Born in Philadelphia to Korean parents, Sarah Chang began to study the violin at the age of four and within a year had already performed with several orchestras in the Philadelphia area. Her early auditions, at the age of eight, for Zubin Mehta and Riccardo Muti led to immediate engagements with the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Following high school graduation and completion of the Juilliard School's pre-college programme, she enrolled at Juilliard as a college student, where she studied with the late Dorothy DeLay.
Sarah Chang has appeared on numerous television and radio programs throughout Europe, North America and the Far East. Along with Pete Sampras and Wynton Marsalis, she is a featured artist in Movado's global advertising campaign "The Art of Time".
Ms. Chang is a past recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Gramophone's "Young Artist of the Year" award, Germany's "Echo" Schallplattenpreis, the "Newcomer of the Year" honors at the International Classical Music Awards in London, and Korea's
"Nan Pa" award.
Sarah Chang, whose performances send critics reaching for superlatives, has expanded her discography with a recording of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, the composer's best known work and one of the most popular pieces in the entire classical oeuvre. Sarah's partners in The Four Seasons and Vivaldi's Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 12, No. 1 are the Grammy Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
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